More than 3,000 yellow rubber ducks hit the water at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Nichols Park for the 22nd Annual Duck Race for Lifeline. The event is the Lifeline program’s annual fundraiser. The first 25 ducks to cross the finish line are prize winners, with the first duck winning $1,000.
Activities begin at 1 p.m., with music from the Community Summer Band. The Zingabad Grotto Bus will be on site with refreshments from noon to 3 p.m. Pictures from the Children’s Duck Race Coloring Contest will be on display from 1 to 3 p.m., and each child in attendance gets a free rubber duck.
The ducks will be pushed across the water with the help of the Jacksonville Fire Department. Bruce Selway of the Morgan County Underwater Search and Rescue Dive Team and his sons Andy and Dan and daughter Katie, set up the course and retrieve the winning ducks.
Duck Race tickets are $5 each and available in the Gift Shop at Passavant or from the Passavant Volunteer Department, (217) 245-9541, ext. 3199.
The Lifeline program at Passavant provides 24-hour help and medical assistance. Proceeds from the Duck Race support the Lifeline program in its mission to improve the health of the people and communities Passavant serves.